Thank you for visiting our website. My name is René Perez, and I was appointed Pastor of John Wesley in July of 2022, and I am having a great time since then. Before coming here, I served as pastor in Philadelphia, PA; Valley Forge, PA; Lititz, PA; Holden, MA, and Springfield, MA. I am married to the love of my life, Wanda since 1991. We have three amazing kids, Kayla, Isaias and Ezekiel.
I hope that as you browse through the pages of our website, you can feel the love and excitement that this church has to offer. We are a loving and welcoming community of faith whose dream is to live as disciples of Jesus Christ and transform our world through acts of kindness, words of hope, and lives which reflect the love of God.
If you are looking for a place to belong, a place to hope, or a place to worship, we want to be that place for you. We are a church of people of all ages and from many places, who seek to grow in our faith of God and in our love for our neighbors.
I look forward to meeting you.
Bill Dorfner, Director of Children & Youth and Adult Ministries
I am excited to be a part of the John Wesley UMC family, and to be working with the young people at JWUMC. I have previously served for six years as a full-time Director of Youth and Young Adult ministries at Grace UMC in Charleston, SC, and as Director of Youth and Leisure ministries at Hibben UMC in Mount Pleasant, SC. I love working with young people and giving them the opportunity to grow and mature not only in life, but in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Children’s and youth ministries played an important role in my life, and I enjoy giving that same experience back to our next generation of young people.
In addition to my role at JWUMC, I am the Fleet Safety Manager for an Insurtech company. I have previously spent over 12 years as a police officer, which included time spent working in the schools as a liaison and School Resource Officer.
I live here in Falmouth with my wife, Sue, and stepson Nolan. I also have two adult sons, Thomas and Matthew, who are currently living in North Carolina at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and at UNC Charlotte. I enjoy life on the Cape, and am active in playing ice hockey, golf, and curling. I also enjoy singing, playing guitar and piano, and leading contemporary Christian worship. I am grateful to be part of such a welcoming family at JWUMC, and look forward to providing a safe and welcoming environment to others!
Paula King, Director of Music Ministries
I am married with 2 young adult children who have wonderful Christian hearts. My other 2 furry children (a Shih Tzu and a Shih Tzu/Bichon) keep me entertained!
I look forward to serving the John Wesley UMC community through liturgical music and Christian ministry, as the Director of Music Ministries. With your support, I hope to develop a music program that is inclusive of all people and looks forward to building the future of the church.
Sing to the Lord a new song!
Ruth came to John Wesley after moving to the Cape. She had been at the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island where she was the Diocesan Administrator. Prior to the Diocese, Ruth worked at the Cathedral of St. John. Ruth has a background in working for non-profits, was an Associate Professor for the New England College of Finance, after earning her MBA from Baker College. After graduating from college, she worked in the insurance industry for almost 25 years beginning as a health claim adjustor and ending as AVP of Underwriting Support for an auto insurance carrier. Ruth’s undergraduate degree is in Theology. Ruth’s daughter and son-in law live “off Cape.” Her favorite place to visit on the Cape is Heritage Museum and Gardens where she can enjoy both flowers and antique cars.
Since 2011, John Loewen has been the dedicated Sexton of John Wesley UMC. Prior to John Wesley, John was the Sexton at the North Falmouth Congregational Church. Before serving the church, John was a Verizon Repairman for over 27 years. John has been happily married for over 42 years and and has two sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.
John loves going on long walks, gardening and landscaping, going to the beach and cheering on his favorite sports teams: the Red Sox and Patriots!
Moriah Leonard, Nursery Attendant
Moriah Leonard is a graduate of Falmouth High School! She completed the CVTE pathways for child development and received a Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care Teacher Certificate. She also finished the construction CVTE pathway and received her OSHA certification.
She has two older brothers and has lived in Falmouth her whole life! She has plenty of experience with children. Her mom ran a daycare out of their house until she was 9, she’s been babysitting since she was 12, and she also has worked in licensed childcare settings for over a year. She is amazing with children and is a great addition to John Wesley.